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How great is your all time great Team ??

Which of these sides is the strongest


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Benaud's.XI is the best out of choices given.Anyway,this is my own Alltime XI:

Jack Hobbs
Len Hutton
Don Bradman
Viv Richards
+Andy Flower
Garry Sobers
*Imran Khan
Richard Hadlee
Wasim Akram
Malcom Marshall
Bill O'Reilly
 
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Jono

Virat Kohli (c)
In fact the order for positions 2 to 10 of all time best batsmans has always been debatable.
Haha exactly. Its a pretty obvious statement. Stating Viv is number 2 is just as debateable (as the Viv master or myth thread suggests, though the arguments have been repetitive), as is saying Hobbs is, as is saying Sobers is.

Bit silly really. Wisden did a study in 2001, and at that time Sachin was clearly the best batsman in the world, and was in many minds the best since Bradman. Whether those minds are right or wrong is debateable, just like the others named above.
 

SJS

Hall of Fame Member
The presence of Border and Barrington in the Top 10 is more debatable, I'd switch Sachin and Viv around.
I would definately have Lara above Border.
This is not about batting orders particularly in the lists other than Benaud's and Bradman's which were made by the 'authors' giving the batting orders. The 'Wisden' based lists have batting orders arbitrarily fixed by me. To judge which is a better team you mat switch the batsmen around to your choice and vote.

Border and Barrington are NOT in the first X!. They are in the second XI.
 

Burgey

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The presence of Border and Barrington in the Top 10 is more debatable, I'd switch Sachin and Viv around.
I would definately have Lara above Border.
Can see the merits in both Lara & AB really - very, very different players obviously, but jeez AB is not out of place in this discussion imo.

He just wrung absolutely everything out of every skerrick of talent he had and carried his team for some time. He also played some great, great knocks against the Windies in their pomp. Just one of those "to bat for your life" players.
 
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Days of Grace

International Captain
All-time Test Team

Hobbs
Hayden
Bradman
Ponting
Hussey
Sobers
Gilchrist (wk)
Hadlee
Barnes
Muralitharan
McGrath
12th man: Warne
 

Salixiscool

Cricket Spectator
Excuse me but don tallon at 6? Gee whats bradman thinking?

Anyway I would pick Benaud. Except put khan at number 8 and put sobers at 6 and gilly at 7
 

The Sean

Cricketer Of The Year
Excuse me but don tallon at 6? Gee whats bradman thinking?
That’s always been my big problem with Bradman’s side – far too long a tail. The arguments he used during his selection process didn’t make a lot of sense either – he said that the inclusion of Sobers was the key which allowed him to pick the five specialist bowlers he wanted, and that Sobers could compliment that selection. I would have the opposite view – that Sobers’ inclusion means that he could be the fifth bowler behind four specialists, and that you could bring in another batsman so as not to have Don Tallon (career Test average less than 20) batting at no.6 in the all time XI!

Bradman’s 12th man was Wally Hammond – I think putting Hammond in at the expense of one of the bowlers (Bedser or Grimmett) makes the team a lot stronger:

Richards
Morris
Bradman
Tendulkar
Hammond
Sobers
Tallon
Lindwall
Lillee
Grimmett/Bedser
O’Reilly

Still a stunning bowling attack (remembering that Hammond was a useful bowler too), and to me the bowling strength you lose by removing Clarrie or Alec is more than made up for by the additional batting power you get with Hammond.
 

Lillian Thomson

International Coach
Excuse me but don tallon at 6? Gee whats bradman thinking?

Anyway I would pick Benaud. Except put khan at number 8 and put sobers at 6 and gilly at 7
I think Bradman's team is probably the worst of the lot. In benaud's team I would replace Imran with Marshall and move Sobers and Gilly up one.
 

JBH001

International Regular
I voted for the Dead Legends myself. Marshalls inclusion in that side really swung it for me.
 

Lillian Thomson

International Coach
I voted for the Dead Legends myself. Marshalls inclusion in that side really swung it for me.

Since that team was compiled Fred Trueman has passed away so it be would interesting to see if the compiler would maybe replace Lindwall with him in the Dead XI.
 

JBH001

International Regular
Hmmm. Good case for it, although I consider Lindwall the marginally better bowler myself.

An argument for Lindwalls inclusion based on his superior batting would not mean much either, considering that the DL's have an amazingly powerful and potent top 6.

But, yes, that would be an interesting consideration, although I would stick with Lindwall.
 

The Sean

Cricketer Of The Year
Likewise Keith Miller is now chasing skirt and emptying bars at the great cricket ground in the sky. Would have to give him a run in the DL side, probably at the expense of Sir Frank.
 

JBH001

International Regular
Absolutely. Had forgotten about Millers recent passing, I am sorry to say. That would still make for a very powerful batting line-up and an even stronger bowling line-up, especially if you add in Hammonds handy away swingers and WG's left armers. Probably lay strong claim to being indisputably the best team.
 

The Sean

Cricketer Of The Year
Meh, I seem to have an inability to go more than about four posts without mentioning Nugget, so I'm sure I would have found a way to bring him into the conversation regardless. :p
 

Gillie

Cricket Spectator
Top Team - Please Do GAive Me Your Opinions

1. Sunil Gavaskar
2. Jack Hobbs
3. Don Bradman
4. Sachin Tendulkar
5.Vivian Richards
6.Garfield Sobers
7.Adam Gilchrist
8.Richard Hadlee
9.Shane Warne
10.Glenn McGrath
11.Muttiah Muralitharan
 

The Sean

Cricketer Of The Year
1. Sunil Gavaskar
2. Jack Hobbs
3. Don Bradman
4. Sachin Tendulkar
5.Vivian Richards
6.Garfield Sobers
7.Adam Gilchrist
8.Richard Hadlee
9.Shane Warne
10.Glenn McGrath
11.Muttiah Muralitharan
A great side mate, would take some beating. Seven of that team are in my own all time XI, and the other four are in my second team. On a fast pitch that isn't turning I'd be concerned about only playing two specialist quicks but other than that there's not much to question.
 

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